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South African Journal of Surgery

versión On-line ISSN 2078-5151
versión impresa ISSN 0038-2361


ROSIC, T; KHUMALO, V  y  NETHATHE, D G. A pelvic "loose" body tumour causing urinary symptoms in a 73-year-old man. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2016, vol.54, n.2, pp.53-54. ISSN 2078-5151.

Giant peritoneal loose bodies are very rare. Only a few cases have been reported in the literature. The mechanism of their formation is currently unknown. However, the hypothesis is that a detached appendix epiploicae becomes calcified over time in the abdominal cavity. We present a case of a 73-year-old man who presented with urinary symptoms. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis revealed a well circumscribed mass in the pelvis. A firm egg-shaped mass was excised laparoscopically. Histology confirmed a giant loose peritoneal body.

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